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Coronavirus: India records 31,382 new cases in last 24 hours, active cases fall by 1,478

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India on Friday morning recorded 31,382 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the infection tally to 3,35,94,803 since the pandemic broke out in January last year.

The number of new cases was 1.69% fewer than Thursday’s infection count of 31,923.

The country’s Covid-19 toll rose to 4,46,368 as 318 people died in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases declined by 1,478 to 3,00,162.

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On Thursday, the Centre announced that differently-abled persons and those with restricted mobility will be given Covid-19 vaccines at their homes. The decision comes two days after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to list out steps that it has taken to prioritise vaccination for the differently-abled.

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Meanwhile, in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the Centre said that families of patients who died by suicide within 30 days after testing positive for coronavirus will be provided ex-gratia compensation of Rs 50,000.

In Karnataka, a technical advisory committee on Covid-19 has asked the state government to write to the Centre, requesting to reduce the gap between two doses of the Covishield vaccine from 84 days to around a month, The Indian Express reported.

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